J. CHRIS NEWBERG! 9/13! 8PM, UNDERGROUND!
Giant Productions will be hosting J. Chris Newberg in the Undergound this Thursday at 8:00 pm!
While critics have been singing his praises in the press, audience members are offering true testimonial to Newberg’s talent, roaring with laughter, and clamoring for more of this hip and authentic new personality. Newberg’s stand up comedy cleverly combines his hilarious and off-beat observations on life …
Newberg has spent much of his adult life on the road. Whether it was performing in a bar just shy of capacity or to his eventual gathering and collecting members of the Chris Army, his loyal fans. This initially began while he was touring and performing with the likes of the Counting Crows, Oasis, and John Mellencamp, but has since grown much larger through his undeniable viral video following. With his friends at Comedy.com, Newberg has written and produced several short humorous videos that have received well over seven million views. See for yourself. Just go to Youtube.com/jchrisnewberg, Break.com, Funnyordie.com, Collegehumor.com, Myspace.com/jchrisnewberg, Jchrisnewberg.com, or Comedy.com, and search his name. Make sure that you have some time, because there is a lot of stuff on there.
Giant Productions Presents: fun.
Giant Productions are proud to present: fun.
fun. first formed in 2008 and earned almost immediate acclaim after the release of their debut album, Aim and Ignite in 2009.
After a steady schedule of touring in support of their first release, fun. headed back into the studio to record their highly anticipated followup, Some Nights.
fun. have always had a special sound, but this new album is sure to be bigger in every way possible.
The new single, “We Are Young” ft. Janelle Monae is a massive hit, and has even been featured in an episode of Glee.
They are about to embark on their first headlining tour and we were lucky enough to get them to stop at UMW. fun.’s unique blend of indie-pop is set to rock the Great Hall. So, catch them here before they get too big!
Specific ticket info will be up in the next day or so, stay tuned!
In the mean time, get excited, and invite your friends!
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Jagger, Stone, Jr Gong, Stewart, Rhaman. No that’s not the starting for a college basketball team, it’s the new super group SuperHeavy. Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics came up with the idea for a multi genre band that would that would simply have a different feel than anything before. They brought Joss Stone into the mix after working with her on the Alfie soundtrack. Stewart who is an avid fan of Jamaican music suggested bringing Damian “Jr Gong” Marley into the mix who was coming off of a collaboration album with Nas called Distant Relatives. After jamming and working together in L.A. they came in contact with Indian composer A.R. Rahman who is responsible for the award winning Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. With so many superstars in one room it would be easy to assume that they struggled to get music written but they gelled immediately and wrote 22 songs in six days.
A Look Back On the Albums I Bought in 2011
Well, everyone seems to be caught up in saying what the best albums of 2011 were. The truth is, although I’ve purchased and listened to quite a bit of music, most of the albums were not released this year. However, I’ve put together a short list of what I did purchase in 2011. Here goes…
- "D.R.U.G.S." by Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows — This album definitely was what brought me into the world of hardcore. Sure, it isn’t exactly hardcore all the time (“I’m Here to Take the Sky”), but the energy, strength, and encouragement it brings really shows that Craig Owens and his well seasoned bandmates really have something to give the world. I’ve had the CD playing in my car on and off all year and I even got to see them live this summer at Warped Tour.
- "Vices & Virtues" by Panic! At the Disco — Many were skeptical over what the remaining half of the band could produce after their split following Panic’s sophomore release. Skepticism was put to rest in March with this album’s release and their following tour, which frontman Brendon Urie performed a lot of the shows with a broken ankle. I’ve adored the variety of tracks this album has to offer. It definitely channels the sound of the first album rather than Northern Downpour, which many have come to call the Ryan Ross album. I also got to see them live. It was the hottest concert I’ve ever been to and it was phenomenal. Panic has entered a new era with a solid album to go along.
- "People and Things" by Jack’s Mannequin — Andrew McMahon, the brain behind Jack’s Mannequin, once again has created a powerful, touching album. In ten years, he’s been in two successful bands, won his battle with cancer, and released countless albums. This album definitely gives him the opportunity to offer his last words on those topics—most specifically cancer— and move on. He’s married and looking forward, not back, which I really enjoy.
- "Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 4" by Various Artists — Fearless Records once again has put together an excellent compilation of alternative musicians covering pop hits. Woe, Is Me once again does an outstanding job with another Katy Perry song. For All Those Sleeping brought an unexpected hardcore cover of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me.” “Little Lion Man” sounded even better sung by Australian frontwoman of Tonight Alive. There were a few tracks that didn’t resonate as much with me, but none of the covers were bad choices.
- “Pioneer” by The Maine — I am terribly in love with this album. Just released at the beginning of December, it is already become a favorite. Instead of songs primarily about relationships—though the topic isn’t completely ignored—it speaks more about life and its struggles. The band has definitely grown and experienced their fair share of hardships. “Misery” and the second part of “Waiting for My Sun to Shine” capture the darkest moments.
I’m not willing to call these albums awful, because I awfully spent money on them, but I’m having trouble saying that they really deserve much praise.
- "Love Is Hopeless" by Various Artists — This Valentine’s Day centric album doesn’t quite hit all the marks in my book. It’s dreary and bitter with only a few tracks that shine. Honestly, I forgot I bought this until now.
- "Leveler" by August Burns Red — I don’t doubt that this isn’t a terrific album. It was an attempted further jump into the realm of mosh pits and synchronized headbanging that I just couldn’t quite get all the way into.
- “Sunshine State of Mind” by We the Kings — I’ve been a fan of this band since freshman year of high school and I’ve even gotten the privilege of meeting them a couple summers ago on Warped Tour. Generally, their music is catchy love songs fueled by frontman Travis Clark’s long-lasting relationship with his first and seemingly only girlfriend. However, this relationship came to an end and so did the linear mindset and message previous albums had. One minute they’re lonely and broken up, the next he’s over it and begging someone to sleep with him. Mostly, he’s just in denial about his happiness. I think if it had been less about the hooks and more about the honest emotions, the tracks would have been much better. It’s not bad to listen to, it’s just hard to listen to when compared to older songs of theirs.
The Guilty Pleasure
It wasn’t until this year that I finally got bit by the Glee bug. It’s not a bad show, although it is getting progressively worse. They’ve picked and played some poor covers, but for the most part, I enjoy hearing how they rework a song to fit the singer and the story line. It’s a guilty pleasure that has come to dominate my music purchases and a lot of the dance parties I’ve had with my roommates.
I’m looking forward to the music that is to be released in 2012. William Beckett is apparently in the studio working on his solo record following the disbanding of The Academy Is… and You Me At Six’s American release of Sinners Never Sleep will be coming out shortly after the ball drops. Fun. has also been revving their fans up with released from their forthcoming February release Some Days.